I affirm me The ABCs of inspiration for Black kids

Nyasha Williams

Book - 2021

"From A is for Afro, to J is for Justice, to R is for Rally, this alphabet book offers affirmations featuring Black children and role models to help children nurture and embrace their authentic selves and to enjoy the magic of childhood."--Amazon.com

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Subjects
Genres
Informational works
Alphabet books
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : Running Press Kids 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780762475605
0762475609
Main Author
Nyasha Williams (author)
Other Authors
Sóf'ya Glushkó (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this uplifting alphabet book, each letter links to an affirming statement about an aspect of African American culture, from natural hairstyles and HBCUs to important qualities, such as mindfulness, positive thinking, and the willingness to face challenges. For example, the book opens with "A is for Afro. I am proud of my textured halo. It shows pride in my roots. Each coil creates my crown." Each letter is printed on a cream-colored page, along with its featured word and the positive, poetic sentences that follow. Opposite is a painted, full-page illustration showing Black children involved in a wonderful array of scenes, from heartwarming family moments and awesome educational achievements to iconic images (football players taking a knee) and participation in social justice movements. This is an inspiring picture book to use with children in the early grades who may have questions about current issues regarding self-concept, appearance, and social action. Try this alongside Jeffrey Daniels' Alphabet of Black Cultures (2020) and Karen Beaumont's I Like Myself! (2004). Grades K-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Williams delivers a powerful anthem in this abecedarian picture book, presenting a brief paragraph of affirmations beneath capital and lowercase letters on each left-hand page. Simple prose is both straightforward and exacting, firmly asserting the strength and hope inherent in each child: "R is for Rally. I know when I lift another,/ I am raised, too. I am working to build/ a brighter future for all. Love flows/ in and around my community." On each right-hand page, Glushkó offers a complementary association in fluid, visible digital brushstrokes: facing "C is for Challenge," four Black football players take a knee, honoring Colin Kaepernick's protest against racism and police brutality. With differing hairstyles, skin tones, and abilities, the richly varied Black cast wears T-shirts whose slogans offer even more empowerment: "Education, not incarceration," "I'm rooting for everybody Black," and "BLK BOY JOY." An uplifting homage to Black potential, resilience, and achievement. Ages 4–8. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An alphabet primer of affirmations pairs socially conscious vocabulary words with letters, from J is for Justice to R is for Rally, while empowering text inspires and reminds Black children to take pride in their inner strength, limitless capacity and true worth. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Learn the power of language and love with this empowering alphabet book of affirmations to inspire and remind Black children of their inner power, strength, and worth. "From A is for Afro, to J is for Justice, to R is for Rally, this alphabet book offers affirmations featuring Black children and role models to help children nurture and embrace their authentic selves and to enjoy the magic of childhood.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Learn the power of language and love with this empowering alphabet book of affirmations to inspire and remind Black children of their inner power, strength, and worth. ​From A is for Afro, to J is for Justice, to R is for Rally, this alphabet book offers affirmations featuring Black children and role models to help children nurture and embrace their authentic selves and to enjoy the magic of childhood.